What Is The Best Golf Wedge For You
By Norman Stanley
Anyone who plays golf will know that the best golf wedge will let you land your ball on the green next to the pin for a certain birdie.
The wedge clubs in every ones golf bag are the money clubs, forget your driver, forget the seven iron, it is the perfectly placed wedge shot that will bring back a lumpy scorecard.
Did you know that almost seventy five per cent of your golf strokes are made in the 120 yard zone? How many times have you hit a 250 yard drive and then taken five more shots to get to the green?
This is wedge territory and by having the best wedges and being able to use them you can cut your scores dramatically.
What makes a
a good one? Well there is talk of how the grooves are cut, whether steel is better than graphite and of course the 'How much loft is enough?' question.
The best wedge for you is like a tailored suit, it will fit you perfectly and not everyone else. So asking your friends which club they use will not always get you a right answer.
Golf is a personal game and the main part of it is played right there between your ears. By getting a good club which you are comfortable with will alleviate a lot of the problems you may have.
There are a couple of factors which you may want to take into consideration when buy a wedge. First of which is the loft, wedges come in a variety of lofts from around 48 degrees up to the staggering 68 degree version which Phil Mickelson uses.
The second is one which very few golfers take any notice of but which is vital if you hope to play quality pitch shots, chip shots and lobs. Have you guessed it? Bounce is the answer.
What is bounce? The bounce of a wedge is the geometry of the sole of the club. Place your sand wedge on the ground and study it, see how far the front edge is off of the floor when the club is upright? That is the bounce angle.
Why is bounce important? The bounce is there to stop the club from digging into the and, it allows the wedge to 'bounce ' through the sand. All fine and dandy but what if you are playing a wedge shot from the fairway?
The problem comes when you play a high bounce club on a firm turf, the bounce then skids across the surface causing the leading edge to strike the ball and suddenly you have a screamer that flies the green into the cabbage on the other side.
Conversely a low bounce wedge played on a damp fairway will dig in and lead to that embarrassing duff, laying the sod over it as they say.
Now, to add a further ingredient to the mix the best golf wedge for you depends on your particular golf stroke, are you a digger or a slider?
A digger has a sharply descending stroke which takes a fairly deep divot while a slider has a wider, shallower stroke which hardly takes a divot at all.
Diggers require a higher bounce angle, this prevents the club from diving to far into the turf whilst a slider will need a low or even zero bounce club.
The major manufacturers all produce their wedges in a variety of bounce angles so it pays to consider the points above and then go and try a few at your clubs golf shop. Most pro shops will even let you borrow a club before you buy so make use of this.
I hope this article has helped you to decide on the best golf wedge for you